Category: Instruction

Weaving a Mayan Hammock

 Weaving a Mayan Hammock–Video Overview Introduction References Materials Needed The Netting Needle The Loom Loading the Loom Loading the Netting Needle The Edge “Crochet” The Triple Weave The Clew Introduction The Mayan hammock is arguably the most comfortable gathered-end hammock available anywhere, and is notable for being the descendent of the original hammock discovered by…
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Tips on Hammock Camping with Kids

Camping with kids has its own set of struggles and stresses, but it doesn’t need to be avoided, just planned for. There are a lot of articles available that talk about camping with kids, such as when is too early, what type of gear to bring, etc. etc., but I want to focus on my…
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NEMO Bugout 9×9 Shelter Review

Ever since seeing the NEMO® Bugout™ shelter at Trail Days in 2012, I’ve been wanting to get one. The Bugout is a tarp-based shelter with an integrated bug netting that reaches from tarp edge to the ground, creating a roomy, 4-sided no-see-um enclosure. When I saw it, I immediately drooled at the hammock camping possibilities[1.…
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DIY Insulated Hood Pattern

I’ve made a lot of these insulated hoods with varying styles of construction. This is a really easy do-it-yourself (DIY) project, especially if you can use pieces from a fleece blanket that already has a nice hem that can work as a channel for a draw cord. I love DIY projects that are simple to…
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Knots vs. Hardware

Among hikers, backpackers, campers, Scouters, and pretty much any outdoor enthusiast, one topic seems to always spark debate: hardware devices or knots? Are you a knot purist who sees hardware devices as redundant, a waste of time (or weight), or perhaps even an abomination that threatens the purity of primitive living skills? Or are you…
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Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock Review

After spending a few weeks reviewing the Lawson Blue Ridge Camping Hammock I felt a little like the food critic Anton Ego from the Disney®/Pixar® animated film Ratatouille when he flip-flopped on his critique of Gusteau’s restaurant. Perhaps I can appreciate his predicament as he faced standing up for something he had dismissed before. In my case, it…
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Hammock Bivy Prototype Design

It’s almost been a year since I drew up these plans for a hammock bivy and I thought I might as well publish them. During this time there were a few hammock bivy projects popping up, including the Kickstarter-funded Alpine Hammock and the MMG Bivy Hammock. This is truly a do-it-yourself project; I’m just waiting on…
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DIY Lightweight Zipper Pulls

Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter; the attention to detail. I was testing out a hammock the other day that had a zippered bug net, but visibly missing were adequate zipper pulls. To clarify, the metal zipper tabs were there, they were just a little hard to find and grab, especially with gloved hands,…
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